Fretting over an unwanted sign post? Don’t worry, it’s near impossible to irrevocably damage a sign removal job. But that doesn’t mean you won’t add hours to what would otherwise be a simple job with the right training.
So, how do you avoid the extra labor? Well, fortunately for you, we’ve written down the proper procedure, which you’ll find in the sections below. When you’re ready to learn how the pros do it, so you can avoid extra hassle, read on.
What Are My Options?
If you’re willing to invest more money than you’d spend on an old-fashion post hole digger, consider a hydraulic post puller or stake puller. Each will pull up a metal sign post with little effort. The hydraulic puller will run you around $1,500 and requires the least amount of effort.
But if you’re willing to put in a small amount of work, a skate puller runs a close second. They’re fast, cost-effective, and will require little muscle to remove a street sign post.
If You Plan to Dig Up a Sign Post
If you can’t spare the money to upgrade from a post hole digger, you’ll need to dig out the metal post in question. First, take a look at the metal or wooden post in question.
What do you see? Does the post sink directly into loose soil? Or is the base of the post sealed with a concrete footing?
If it’s loose soil you see, you’ll need to dig next to the sign until you reach the bottom of the post. In all states, street sign depth is 18”; Such signs need at least a foot of the post in the soil to stabilize against high winds.
When you reach the end of the post, take hold of the post with both hands. Now, rotate it from side to side until you can wiggle it into the hole you’ve created. Once there, pull it out and refill the hole.
If You Use a Post Puller
Ah, good. You’ve chosen the easy route. Now let’s get started.
Position your post puller directly next to the sign you’d like to remove. Start with your post puller arm on the top rather than the bottom. Now, take the puller’s hook and latch it into one of the holes on your post.
Once in, pull the puller arm down. Use slow pressure and allow the machine to do the work for you. If you run into a snag, apply more pressure, because it’s usually a signal that your sign has caught on a rock.
Don’t worry, your post puller has enough power to upturn even the most obnoxious posts, with your rocks and all.
Now that you better understand how to remove a sign post, it’s time to get busy. Remember to begin by evaluating your work area. Which tools will you need to finish the job and what problems might you run into?
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